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Unprecedented weakening of North Atlantic circulation theWeather Club Fri, 13/04/2018 - 10:36

The warm, saline waters of the Gulf Stream meander northeasterly across the Atlantic Ocean, eventually forming the North Atlantic Current.  During winter, these salty waters cool and descend – it is this deep convection that is a key part of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC), the ocean conveyor belt. This conveyor belt is essential for heat exchange between the ocean and the atmosphere - it releases heat into the atmosphere above the North Atlantic Ocean then travels through the ocean, resurfacing in other areas of the world.

World weather review: March 2018 theWeather Club Thu, 05/04/2018 - 13:17

At the start of the month, the Beast from the East continued to cause heavy snowfall in Europe. The blizzard forced the cancellation of all flights at Dublin airport on Thursday and the temporary closure of Geneva airport in Switzerland. Large parts of the Continent continue to shiver in the grip of a Siberian weather system that has brought the coldest temperatures for several years.

UK weather review: March 2018

March was a rather cold month, overall. It started exceptionally cold with easterly winds and widespread snow as the UK experienced the tail-end of the ‘Beast from the East’. Indeed, many parts of the country failed to reach temperatures above freezing during the daytime. During the course of the first week, it began to turn milder from the south and became generally wet and cloudy as low pressure dominated until mid-month.

Prof Liz Bentley, Chief Executive at the Royal Meteorological Society

This year Prof Liz Bentley, Chief Executive at the Royal Meteorological Society and Founder of theWeather Club, celebrates a number of different anniversaries – she turned 50 in March, has been a meteorologist now for 25 years and has spent the last 10 years of her career at the Royal Meteorological Society. So it is a perfect opportunity to look back at what inspired Liz to become a meteorologist and her career to date.

Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood theWeather Club Thu, 15/03/2018 - 13:06

All enjoyable things must come to an end and so it is that I find myself thinking what to write about in my last article for theWeather Club.  Over the years I’ve covered all things hot to cold, calm to stormy, hurricanes to tornadoes, so I thought it was about time I wrote about communicating the weather, or the weather forecast to be more precise.  It’s all very good making an outstanding forecast, but if you cannot get the forecast across to the user of the information then to all intents and purposes it is worthless, at least to that user.